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Sixty-nine year old Harry Stonebraker has been elected mayor of the Missouri town of Winfield for the fourth time, winning by a landslide, securing 90% of the vote in the 723-population town.

Unfortunately, he had been dead for several weeks...

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That place is just 2 miles from my house. ;-) Over priced and under-knowledged in my opinion. Went in looking for a Mauser, tried to sell me a sportsterized one for 800 bucks. LOL

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That would be top of your local news then? L

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Dunno,don't watch much news.

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A bit like the forum Topic I just posted - top subject on our local news was some person who was involved with killing half the cast of a mediocre soap opera many years ago, followed by "I forget" it was that bad...

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Sunbanks (author)lemonie2009-04-09

On our local news a while back there was a story about a girl that got kidnapped by some guy and had gotten away by screaming and stuff. She also said he picked her up AND her bicycle. My mom and I were like "Wow, kidnappers don't pick up kids' bikes too." Then the next day it said the girl had lied about it. There was also a girl that lied about getting kidnapped a few days ago I guess, I just found a video about it. I can't believe they would lie about something like that.

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lemonie (author)Sunbanks2009-04-10

It got them enough attention - people make stuff up all the time for these purposes... L

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Sunbanks (author)lemonie2009-04-10

I think one of them just said that so they wouldn't get in trouble for staying out too late with her boyfriend.

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lemonie (author)Sunbanks2009-04-10

That's desperate, tangled-webs and such... L

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Kryptonite (author)Kiteman2009-04-16

"If he had said he lent the car to a secret agent whom he could not name without rendering him vulnerable to attack, Marcus Einfeld might still be enjoying his place at the top of the heap" Sounds like an excuse a 10 year old would make up.

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lemonie (author)Kiteman2009-04-10

Thanks - I don't like the way it's written, but the story is good. L

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Sunbanks (author)lemonie2009-04-10

Yeah then the whole school got a phone call about how there was a kidnapper on the loose and how they should be careful and stuff.

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thematthatter (author)lemonie2009-04-11

all evil either orginates from Florida or goes there to die

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skunkbait (author)thematthatter2009-04-12

Hey, you have a point! ( My inlaws are from Florida.)

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Kryptonite (author)skunkbait2009-04-12

*Rolls on floor laughing*

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Kryptonite (author)Plasmana2009-04-16

If it's abbreviated it's generally not true is what I've found.

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Kryptonite (author)lemonie2009-04-12

*eugh* That's really sickening. It's kinda sad for the son though cause he's only 20...

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lemonie (author)Kryptonite2009-04-12

That a person can just turn up and hire a gun makes the place a bit like a "suicide-booth"? L

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PKM (author)lemonie2009-04-16

That a person with a previous history of mental illness and attempted suicide who had been committed to a mental institution and still believed she was the anti-christ could rock up and hire a gun after filling out a questionnaire strikes me as a little bit remiss.

Would it be that hard to put people who have been sectioned on a "don't lend these people guns" list? They could always be removed from the list with a psychological evaluation... I'm guessing convicted murderers can't turn up and hire guns, so there must be a system in place for preventing hire to certain people, surely?

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lemonie (author)PKM2009-04-16

Well aye! I suppose it depends who's manning the desk on the day... OK there are other countries where you can do this sort of thing, but it strikes me as a particularly American event.
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Plasmana (author)2009-04-16

That is really weird and funny at the same time....

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its a lion (author)2009-04-12

We had a guy here in NC that was voted in that had been dead for a couple of weeks. "wcco.com — A candidate has won election to a North Carolina county board -- despite being dead for a month. Sam Duncan was the top vote-getter Tuesday for two seats on Union County's Soil and Water Conservation board. County elections officials knew of Duncan's death, but no one told the voters" This was in '04 I think. The quote is from digg, and the article has since been removed.

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skunkbait (author)2009-04-12

I'm pretty sure I'd have a 90% approval rating, if I was dead.

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Kiteman (author)skunkbait2009-04-12

As a scientist, I think I would have to put that theory to the test...

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skunkbait (author)Kiteman2009-04-12

I will..... one of these days.

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kelseymh (author)2009-04-09

I am sure that you can find equally absurd examples in your own country, which after all invented the concept of absurdity in politics :-)

At least the story wasn't about dead votersChicago, Chicago, my kind of town...

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Kiteman (author)kelseymh2009-04-09

It's less likely over here, since the majority of people who bother to vote do so in person.

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lemonie (author)Kiteman2009-04-10

The present government has been encouraging postal voting (Last year a councillor was convicted of postal-vote fraud in Slough). They've even outsourced it to the private sector: http://www.opt2vote.co.uk/

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Goodhart (author)lemonie2009-04-09

Or, as Will Rogers would say, "ain't no one has a corner on the comedy market" and as far as that goes, humans are humans: News to take note of We all do it ;-)

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GorillazMiko (author)2009-04-10
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comodore (author)2009-04-10

Why is very strange... 0_o

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Tool Using Animal (author)2009-04-09

You should know that many state ballots cannot be changed and the vote is simply a way of honoring an obviously well regarded local politician. There will inevitably be a special election or appointmen depending on the law.

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Labot2001 (author)2009-04-09

A dead politician's the best kind; they can't screw anything up.

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KentsOkay (author)Labot20012009-04-09

Second. Also, you don't have to kill them if they were to screw up.

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Rock Soldier (author)fwjs282009-04-09

I also agree! It saves you some time.

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Rock Soldier (author)fwjs282009-04-09

especially in this ecomony. Maybe the mayor can help with the ecomony!even though I don't live in Missouri town. Or even that state

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